Devotional: When Our Prayers Are Not Answered

Cross and sunset

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. —James 4:3

Do you ever wonder why our prayers are not answered? We think that our prayers are meant for good, but God does not seem to be answering. It’s not like we are asking for cars, or vacations or a winning lottery ticket. Maybe we are praying for healing, for employment or to be spared from pain and suffering. How can those prayers be self-serving?

If we are honest with ourselves, most of our prayers are self-serving. We want something—even a ‘good’ something—and we ask to have it granted to us. But, pure prayer is much more about relating with the Almighty than it is about receiving positive answers for what we are looking to gain.

The prayer that always opens the heart of heaven is the prayer that is offered without expectation of a result. When we are able to pray without attachment to results, God’s desire becomes our own, and we are surprised at what happens—we are given results that we could never have expected.

O God, give me the soul that longs to be one with you more than it wants the desires of the heart to be filled.

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